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Friday, January 28, 2022

Member Of Armed Robbery Crew Sentenced To 14 Years In Prison

LAS VEGAS – A Henderson man who was a member of a crew that robbed at least nine stores in southern Nevada was sentenced today to 14 years in prison.

Kaili Tualau (31) pleaded guilty in October 2021 to three counts of interference with commerce by robbery and one count of brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a crime. In addition to the term of imprisonment, U.S. District Judge James C. Mahan sentenced Tualau to three years of supervised release.

According to court documents, between March and October 2016, Tualau and co-conspirators Jason Goldsby, Rudy Redmond, Bonnie Madrigal, Jessie Mendoza, and others robbed at least nine pawn shops in Las Vegas and Henderson. During each robbery, one robber stood guard at the door brandishing a firearm, while another robber used a sledgehammer to break open a display case and steal high value jewelry and watches. The robbers then fled in a stolen getaway vehicle, which they later abandoned for a second getaway vehicle. In total, the stolen items were valued at approximately $201,900.

Goldsby, Redmond, and Madrigal all pleaded guilty in September and October 2021. Redmond has been sentenced, while Goldsby and Madrigal are awaiting sentencing. Mendoza pleaded guilty in September 2019 to his role in one robbery and was sentenced to 43 months in prison.

Acting U.S. Attorney Christopher Chiou for the District of Nevada and Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse for the FBI made the announcement.

This case was investigated by the FBI with significant assistance from the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and Henderson Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tony Lopez, Jim Fang, and Simon Kung are prosecuting the case.

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Topic(s): 
Firearms Offenses
Violent Crime
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Updated January 28, 2022